Sugar Maple Burl

It was over 90 degrees yesterday (June 1, 2013) which is very hot for June 1st in northern New Hampshire.  I spent the morning in my cool cellar workshop turning a big Sugar Maple Burl.  I ended up turning two different sections from the same big burl.  This burl has been sitting around since last fall and was partially dry.

Sugar Maple Burl

Sugar Maple Burl

Sugar Maple Burl

Sugar Maple Burl

 These are pictures of it mounted on the lathe after cutting it out with my chainsaw.  Note the cool looking figured grain on the outside.  I used a screw bit in my Technatool Titan chuck.  This is a big blank even for the Powermatic!!  I had to start out very slow and it took about an hour to get it shaped up and to put a tenon on it.

Roughed Outside

Roughed Outside

This wood was hard and has grain orientated in all directions.  I turned it around and used my McNaughton Center Saver coring tool to get and extra bowl out of the center.  I have McNaughton’s regular sized set and it was just barely large enough.  I elected to not take a third bowl from the center.

So I got two really cool roughed out bowls from this section of burl.  I wrapped them up in paper bags and will wait 4 to 6 months for them to dry.

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